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US AK: Alaska Lawmakers Amend Marijuana Crimes Bill

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 13 Mar 2015 - JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday amended a bill that would update state laws following the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Alaska. Some of the amendments were technical in nature. Others addressed issues raised by state officials and the public in past hearings, including adjusting open container laws and limiting concentrate purchases by transaction, rather than by day.

US MI: Statewide Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:00
The Oakland Press, 13 Mar 2015 - A statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiative is planned for 2016 that aims to allow residents to cultivate their own plants and allow other uses of the drug. The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee says Thursday it plans a petition drive.

US CA: Editorial: Clear Rules Needed For Pot Industry

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 13 Mar 2015 - Robert Jacob has a unique vantage point for California's marijuana debate. As a Sebastopol city councilman, he represents constituents concerned about neighborhoods and safety and, yes, access to medical marijuana. As the operator of three dispensaries, he deals with customers, security concerns and regulations.

US NM: OPED: Getting Sensible On Medical Marijuana

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 13 Mar 2015 - Three senators, two Democrats and a Republican, introduced a bill on Monday that would allow patients to use marijuana for medical purposes in states where it is legal, without fear of federal prosecution for violating narcotics laws. The bill makes a number of important changes to federal marijuana policies - and it deserves to be passed by Congress and enacted into law. Though this legislation would not repeal the broad and destructive federal ban on marijuana, it is a big step in the right direction.

US WA: High School Kids Say Pot Easy To Get, Not Harmful

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 13 Mar 2015 - SEATTLE (AP) - Washington high school students who participated in a statewide survey say marijuana is easy to get and they do not perceive any risk from smoking pot once or twice. While high school smoking of tobacco continues to go down, marijuana use has remained stable since the last healthy youth survey was conducted two years ago, state health officials said Thursday.

US AK: Lawmakers Discuss Agriculture Side Of Marijuana

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 11 Mar 2015 - JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A state official told Alaska lawmakers that the Division of Agriculture will have a role in overseeing the state's new marijuana industry. Director Franci Havemeister told the Senate State Affairs Committee on Tuesday that the division is looking at whether marijuana growers will be able to access an agricultural revolving loan fund and state agricultural land sales. She said growers also may be subject to regulations about submitting farm conservation plans.

US CA: Column: Big Business Is Lurking

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 11 Mar 2015 - California's marijuana industry must hang together and legalize pot in 2016, experts warn, or large corporations will cut them out. Just ask Ohio. A group of ten businesses in Ohio is aiming to not only legalize marijuana, but also corner the market on wholesale distribution of it - - a disturbing turn of events with lessons for California reformers.

US MI: Column: Creature Comforts

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
Metro Times, 11 Mar 2015 - Alan and Christi Marshall own 10 English Bulldogs so it seems like a natural extension that the company they own along with Phil Sable would take on that moniker. Bulldog Provisioning Center even sports a picture of a rather tough-looking bulldog on its logo. But Pullo, the dog wandering the premises the day I visited, was more cuddly than threatening as he waddled about the provisioning center seeking a little affection. Pullo rubbed against the legs of a patient who bent over to scratch his neck on a slow afternoon - apparently they've become pals.

Australia: Drug Sharks Circle Crown

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
Herald Sun, 10 Mar 2015 - Losers preyed upon RUTHLESS loan sharks are recruiting desperate Crown casino losers to babysit drug crops in Melbourne's suburbs. Court records show how criminals are preying on out-of-luck punters to look after hydroponic cannabis setups worth millions.

US CO: Column: Fashion and Edibles Mean Hype for Hemp and More

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 11 Mar 2015 - Fruity and radical Since the Indy first wrote about Blackberry Maverick in April of last year, the Colorado Springs clothing label has expanded sales into Denver, been featured in Los Angeles fashion magazines, and set up an office on East Platte Avenue.

US WA: Eastern Washington Jurors See Through the Federal

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
The Stranger, 11 Mar 2015 - A Family of Medical Marijuana Growers, Facing 10 Years in Prison, Was Recently Acquitted on Almost All Charges Against Them "You're not a cog in the machine of the federal government," attorney Phil Telfeyan told a jury drawn from self-reliant Eastern Washington on March 2. "You can stand up and say, 'No. The evidence isn't there.'" And that's exactly what they did.

US WA: Column: Weed In The Rose Garden

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 11 Mar 2015 - Every single day there's breaking news in the marijuana movement. Alaska officially legalized weed on February 24, making it the fourth state in the Union to toss aside the chains of prohibition, and the next day, at the stroke of midnight, our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., followed suit. #CommanderInSpleef! But if ya think the "Just Say No" Nancy Reagan types are gently stepping aside, and the taxation and regulation of cannabis are going along swimmingly, you've been smoking too much of the recently legalized chronic.

Australia: Column: Drug Scourge Becoming All Too Familiar

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
The Queensland Times, 09 Mar 2015 - WE ARE increasingly being confronted with the scourge of drugs on society. The tragedy of talented actors and musicians that overdose generates a feeling of sad loss and shock as we look at a person who has achieved more success than most can imagine and are loved and we contemplate the waste of life.

New Zealand: Medical Cannabis Probed

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:00
New Zealand Herald, 11 Mar 2015 - Dunne Underwhelmed by Officials' Evidence but Drug Foundation Fears Advice Outdated. An investigation into the use of cannabis for medical purposes has been carried out by the Ministry of Health.

CN ON: Column: Going To Pot Here?

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Mar 2015 - Bob Cabana says he would welcome a marijuana store moving in across the street from him. He figures it would be good for all the businesses on Wellington Street. Bob Cabana says this while dressed as a character from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. So he may be a little biased. On the business benefits of marijuana.

CN BC: Fire Chiefs Clash Over Grow-Op Risk

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 09 Mar 2015 - Court: Case challenging medical marijuana laws set to hear from two experts on whether residential grow-ops are more vulnerable to fire Surrey's fire chief has a "cultural confirmation bias" against licensed marijuana grow-ops, which is why he wrongly concludes they are more dangerous than regular residences, an expert witness will testify in a Vancouver court case.

CN BC: OPED: Long Live The Queen Of East Van

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 09 Mar 2015 - NDP all-candidates debate at Rio Theatre tonight could decide more than who replaces Libby Davies Since Libby Davies first became an MP in 1997, she has been the unofficial queen of East Van. In December, Libby announced she will not run again in the upcoming federal election. She has championed issues that matter in East Van and it will be very hard to fill her shoes. A few contenders are seeking the nomination to be the new NDP candidate, and tonight, they will take to the stage at the Rio Theatre in an all-candidates debate.

South Africa: Man's Bid To Legalise Dagga

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:00
The Witness, 10 Mar 2015 - Prohibition of Cannabis 'Violates SA Bill of Rights' A HOWICK man wants the Constitutional Court to uphold the rights of all South Africans to use dagga. John Lawrence Strydom (44) - against whom criminal charges of illegally possessing and cultivating dagga were recently provisionally withdrawn - said in an affidavit before the high court yesterday he wants to "destigmatise" the word dagga and "give the dagga plant its original name and rightful place in society" for the benefit of all the country's citizens.

South Africa: Farmer's Court Bid To Legalise Dagga

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:00
The Daily News, 10 Mar 2015 - THE battle to legalise the use of dagga could reach the Constitutional Court if a Howick farmer has his way. John Lawrence Strydom, 44, yesterday launched a Pietermaritzburg High Court application against the minister of justice and the office of the director of public prosecutions.

CN ON: More Pot Protests Possible

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:00
Northern News, 09 Mar 2015 - KIRKLAND LAKE - Cannabis activist Dana Larsen says "much more serious" civil disobedience could be coming to Kirkland Lake if police opt to raid a local bong shop again. Posting online in response to an opinion piece by Northern News senior reporter Rick Owen regarding last week's cannabis rally in Kirkland Lake, Larsen said the peaceful march may have been just the beginning of things to come.